This oak aged altbier from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a ruby-copper colour with a large, frothy and creamy beige head that settles as a loose collar and thin film, leaving very small spots of lace behind. Festivale Plus Sticke Alt has a woodsy aroma that reminds me of pine and fir trees. Whiskey, dark berry, caramel and earthy grain accents contribute to a general warmth.
The taste of Festivale Plus Sticke Alt is fruity and red wine-like. There is also a grainy, woody and sweet character that reminds me of rye whiskey and honey-sweetened biscuit or muffin. The ale is full-bodied with mild carbonation, an earthy, raw grain mouthfeel and a slight oiliness. A rather dry finish precedes an aftertaste with oak and fruit notes.
Brewed in collaboration with Züm Schlussel in Düsseldorf, Germany, this altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited in Creemore, Ontario pours a deep, clear amber colour with a large white head that gets retained as a thick collar and cap, leaving a thick coat of lace behind. Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale carries smells of honey-sweetened, toasted malts, yeast, a berry-like fruit tone, tree nuts and a hint of chocolate, along with the brewery’s signature mineral water aroma.
The taste of Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale is led by a deep toasted malt flavour, with nutty, floral and earthy accents. There is a slight sourness in the finish before a wallop of bitterness. The ale is full-bodied with light, but fine carbonation with a thick yeast tone on the tongue that lingers throughout the otherwise dry aftertaste.
Festivale Altbier from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a deep and bright rusty amber colour with a large, frothy tan-coloured head that leaves some moderate lacing. This “old” beer smells like freshwater and thick, bready toasted malts. It takes on a canned green pea smell and a sweet, buttery caramel tone as well. A grainy hop note and a fruitiness come through after warming.
Festivale Altbier has a very thick malt taste that is heavy and bready. A nice, crisp hoppy tang on the tongue helps to balance the taste. There are a strong earthiness and slight sourness in the finish. This seldom-brewed style has a thick and creamy mouthfeel at first, aided by a long-lasting collar of head. A strong bitterness that comes through on the back of the tongue and the beer is surprisingly crisp and clean given the its overall thickness.